Saturday, November 23, 2013

Leonie Haimson on Data Privacy and inBloom

PURE held an excellent forum Thursday evening with the great Leonie Haimson, who has pretty much single-handedly pushed back the rush to upload and commodify extremely personal and private data on each and every one of the students in our public schools. Parent activists around the country have been able to rally around Leonie's work.

This thing started with nine "partner" states, but is now pretty much just limited to New York and Illinois, which is weird. I mean, you'd expect Illinois to be asleep at the wheel, but it's amazing that New York is still moving full steam ahead, given that Leonie is from NYC.

Her whole presentation is here; it's an excellent overview of a topic about which, in a normal democracy, there would have been hearing after hearing.

By the way, the Illinois Race to the Top districts to which Leonie refers are listed here. I believe the plan is for these districts to pave the way, and then for the rest of the state to follow.

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